Any parent of little ones knows that everyday is packed with both magical moments and plenty of challenges. To ensure more magic and less mayhem, we’re doing what we can to help make it easier for you to be prepared at your first swim lesson! Here’s a helpful list of the things that will help your little swimmer’s first lesson go as smoothly as possible.
While it’s great to be prepared, it’s not necessary to overpack! A towel and swimsuit are all you really need. If your child is under three or not potty trained, we also require you to have them double-diapered - one reusable swim diaper worn over one disposable swim diaper. If they’re participating in a program in one of our outdoor pools, it’s also important to apply a generous layer of waterproof sunscreen at least 15 minutes before the lesson, so that it has time to dry.
What about goggles? Goggles are not necessary and in fact, it’s a good idea to start your lessons without goggles! If your child has sensitive eyes or your instructor lets you know that they may benefit from goggles, then you can bring the goggles along!
For some more apprehensive first time swimmers, there is more to a successful first day than meets the eye. We’ve found there’s nothing better to help coax them in than the promise of a reward in the form of a healthy snack for after their lesson! Since they will be working hard to learn new skills, it’s also important they stay hydrated - their favorite cup filled with some water is great for before and after lessons.
Your little one’s wardrobe can be upgraded too! Flip flops or crocs are a great way to keep their little feet safe while walking around the pool. It’s also great if they are able to come to the pool already dressed in their swimwear so they don’t have to bother with getting ready before seeing their favorite instructor!
If you plan to shower and change your swimmer after the lesson, you’ll want to bring shampoo, conditioner, and soap as well. You can also bring a change of clothes or even their pajamas if you take lessons shortly before bedtime. This can also help your nighttime routine go a little more quickly as well!
As for other items like swim caps, ear plugs, rash guards, and the like keep in mind that it’s a matter of personal preference! None of these items are necessary or required but if they make your swimmer’s experience better, then by all means, bring them! We want you and your family to be comfortable and happy, and making sure you’ve brought along the right tools is always a big help. We look forward to seeing you soon!